Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th Aug 2007 19:56 UTC, submitted by AdamW
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris The second beta of Mandriva Linux 2008, codenamed Galilee, is now available. The release notes are available here. A guide to major new features (some of which are not yet implemented in this beta) is available here, and the detailed technical specifications are available here. This beta is available as a three CD or one DVD Free edition (containing no non-free software or drivers) for the x86-32 and x86-64 architectures, with a traditional installer. Future betas will be available in One live/install CD hybrid editions with proprietary drivers.
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So your argument is that an OS can look like sh$t as long as it works. That may work in the data centre, but that argument is LAME and ridiculous on the desktop.

If you want to be pendantic about it, then yes, I will argue that functionality trumps form when it comes to computer applications.

If blingy interfaces held value, then Apple would enjoy more than a single digit market share and Microsoft would never have had to bludgeon their enterprise customers into giving up NT for 2000 or XP, or now Vista.

The community is welcome to get excited about things like compiz or Gnome's esteemed HIG as forward facing advancement's for the linux desktop, and there's nothing wrong with that, until the community starts thinking that is the cake instead of the icing. But dismissing capable applications because the interface is archaic belittles the developers working on those applications, and diminishes the value those applications hold for people that use them.

A shiny, well-designed interface is a joyful thing to behold, but I'm more concerned with being able to use my computer. And while I'd like to have both, if I'm forced to choose, I'll settle for the latter. As will the vast majority of the population.

So, I'd argue that the LAME thing is arguing that a sh$t-looking OS should be easily dismissed if it works. Substance sells more than glamour, otherwise the industry would be shaped much differently than it is right now, no matter how many plugins the fusion community can come up with.

Don't get me wrong, usability and HIG are important; I just don't think they're as important to users as people like to think. I don't want to dismiss them, though, any more than I would want to dismiss an application that works well but lacks them. That was my point.

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